Just call me Ms. Information (that’s a pun, son). It seems I blooped on the Women’s Nationals Preview video, discussed in the item below, when I said that the top two in each height class at the Figure Nationals would earn pro cards. Not so—only the class winners in figure as well as women’s bodybuilding get pro cards at the Nationals this year, according to the rules published at NPCNewsOnline.
I admit I’ve been under the wrong impression all season that the Fig Nat’s, although they’d moved dates, would still be unleashing a double-dollop of rookies into the pro ranks. (I must have been confused by the code of asterisks in the official contest schedule.) Never was I more delighted to be wrong. Any more than six new figure pros on top of the 25 already crowned by the organization this year (and that’s not counting the IFBB North Americans) would be just too much, don’tcha think?
Photo: One competitor I talked about in the video whose photo didn’t make the final cut is Sharon Vander Horst, a 5’11” fitness trainer from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, who won the tallest class at the Junior USA in May but missed out in the pro-card sweeps. The guys at the IRON MAN office went crazy for this trophy shot of Sharon that was taken by Reg Bradford after her overall win at the ’08 Atlantic USA in early spring. I don’t know for sure if she’ll be heading for Atlanta on November 21-22, but I’m thrilled to have an excuse to run the picture here.